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Women Latin PoetsLanguage, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century$
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Jane Stevenson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001

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The New World

The New World

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(p.395) 15 The New World
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Women Latin Poets
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.003.0017

This chapter explores the history of Latin in North America: Anne Bradstreet's learning, Phyllis Wheatley. It considers the much greater commitment to Latin in South America, and also to printing and universities. Gentry-level women went to South America in significant numbers from the 16th century, and consequently, convents were built. Nuns had a high commitment to literacy, many wrote, and some studied Latin. The most distinguished example is Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, but some Mexican and Peruvian women were taught Latin as late as the 18th century.

Keywords:   Calvinist education, North America, Anne Bradstreet, Phyllis Wheatley, Catholic education, convent culture, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Mexico, Peru

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